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ERIC Number: ED471199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
The Role of Recreation in Preventing Youth with Behavioral and Cognitive Disabilities from Coming into Contact with the Juvenile Justice System and Preventing Recidivism. Monograph Series on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice.
Howard, David K.; Peniston, Lorraine C.
This monograph, one of a series on youth with disabilities and the juvenile justice system, focuses on the role of recreation in preventing juvenile delinquency and recidivism among youth with disabilities. Section 1 addresses factors involved in being at-risk for juvenile delinquency. These include exclusion from recreation activities, limited opportunities for group participation, categories of disorders and their characteristics, factors for being "at risk," and limitations of some community programs. The second section examines the evolution of group work and community recreation programs for youth, as well as therapeutic recreation, its programs and its impact on at-risk youth. Quantitative and qualitative data are reported showing such programs result in improved academic performance, decreased involvement with the juvenile justice system, better communication with families, a more positive outlook on life, and greater self-confidence. This section also explores current programs serving at-risk youth that assist in deterring contact with the juvenile justice system or help prevent recidivism. The paper notes, however, that most of the current recreational programs are designed for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. (Contains 68 references.) (DB)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.; Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Correctional Education.; Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC. Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice.; National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice, College Park, MD.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Support also provided by the National Institute for Literacy, the National Association of Parks and Recreation, and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. For other monographs in this series, see EC 309 312-317.